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Thinking Black? our guide to getting it right….

I’ll kick this off by declaring our firm belief that trends and furniture do not mix, all the proof you need is to do a search on GumTree and see thousands of ads for dated furniture being given away left right and centre. 25+ years of cheap imports have created a whole culture shift amongst the last couple of generations where furniture is seen as a disposable fashion statement not a valued asset that can be handed down through the family, the key to that is timeless design, premium materials and skilled hands.

Concrete tops is the latest trend the import retailers want you to “buy” into along with faked ‘natural’ edges. Last couple of years it was copper and rose gold, before that it was marble and granite and before that it was “wenge” and on it goes… Wenge was a terrible name for a terrible colour which saw all ‘on trend’ furniture stained very dark brown and it was everywhere around 10-15 years ago. The only reason ‘wenge’ was so popular at the time was because of the influx of mass production, low grade timber furniture from Asia and the dark stain was used to hide the poor quality timbers and workmanship being used. The stores were flooded with it and naturally shoppers perceived this as “trend” so they filled their houses with it. Most now regret the choice, we take a call a week here for people wanting us to lighten up their furniture because they’ve just realised how drab it is… not to mention the dust, fingerprints and the way black can really highlight surface scratches.

This takes me to the point of this post… Black. We’re starting to see more interest in using black in furniture again, seems black is back with taps, bench-tops and kitchen cabinetry etc with dark grey tones definitely being the dominant fabric colour choice over the last 12 months. Enquiries lately are for black in parts of furniture or full black but only one or two minor pieces as a feature in the home i.e. coffee tables, lamp tables.

Black table bases are a popular choice right now for breaking up timber floors and timber table top, although we always resist black in furniture for the reasons above, we see no dating issues with a black table base as it spends most of its life unseen anyway. Here’s some very recent pics of customers using black in our furniture while still retaining the natural timber, much smarter ideas than using black everywhere, more black can be introduced with non-permanent materials like chair fabric, placemats, table runners etc..

Our Motto: Keep it timber, keep it simple and you’ll keep it timeless… Natural timber does not date (unless you stain it)

We’re not saying don’t use black at all in modern furniture, the advice here is to use it sparingly and sporadically.

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*NEW* Hobart Dining Chair

Another great dining chair solution from the master chair makers at Mabarrack Furniture. Introducing the latest fully upholstered dining chair to join the Mabarrack stable, it’s the Hobart! Styled from cues taken from our 2 best selling dining chairs -the Bendigo and the Newcastle, the new Hobart has typical Mabarrack comfort, strength, light weight with a lower back than the Bendigo (Hobart is 860mm) and more bucket than the Newcastle with 28 x10mm dowels used in the frame construction ensuring a lifetime of strength.

The Hobart just wants to hug you, it gets more comfortable the longer you sit. You MUST sit in our chairs to experience the comfort level so come down to the factory and take a seat! Like all our chairs, we bring the comfort with our expertise, you bring the look with the fabric choice…

Click here to see our full chair range.

Comparable hand crafted chairs in the retail market sell for close to $1000 each!

Because we are the manufacturers of the chairs and not retailers, we can sell ours from around $515 ea inc GST and fabric of your choice!

       So, here’s what you get with a Mabarrack made dining chair…

•Over two dozen exclusive dining chair designs to choose from

•100% made right here in our Adelaide factory

•High comfort for multiple hours of dining

•Dowel joint frames with lifetime warranty

•Fully sewn covers with top stitching as standard

•Re-upholster cost effectively for a new look over and over

•Huge selection of the latest fabrics, leathers and vinyls

•Piece of mind, value and choice.

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Sharon and Eric’s new home….

Take a short tour of Sharon and Eric’s brand new lounge room! Their sensational new Dechellis home oozes quality and style so the logical company to help furnish it was us! I visited Sharon yesterday and she was lovely enough to let me snap some quick pics to share with you! Enjoy the Levi media centre, KT table in clear Oak with our exclusive “Australia” chairs where Sharon chose Warwick Bendigo “smoke” and 5 of the most comfortable bar chairs on planet earth, Sharon’s chosen fabric on these was Warwick Aspire “Mango”… Cheers Sharon and Eric, see you again soon! Continue reading Sharon and Eric’s new home….

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Next level dining comfort…

The foundation of our fully upholstered dining chair range is extended dining comfort, basically meaning long dinner parties. This is an extraordinary chair selection with immense choice, comfort and value which we believe is entirely unsurpassed, anywhere. Our chairs are engineered to be light yet strong and have been in production for over 40 years with thousands of hand made Mabarrack dining chairs still being enjoyed today.

•Over two dozen exclusive dining chair designs

•Made right here in our Adelaide factory

•Comfort for decades

•Dowel joint frames with lifetime warranty

•Fully sewn covers with top stitching as standard

•Re-upholster cost effectively for a new look

•Huge selection of the latest fabrics, leathers and vinyls

Best value dining chairs in SA, probably in Australia…

Check out our extensive and exclusive range HERE

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Levi modular media range makes YOU the designer!!

Entertainment units have only really been in existence since the advent of colour TV and stereo sound systems. Generally before that, TV’s and turn table sound systems were actually furniture pieces themselves and Im sure we don’t have to think too hard to imagine them. The VCR kicked off the “component” era in the mid 1970’s and by the early 80’s most houses globally had one. The size saw most people place their new top loading joy machine on top of the big timber look, vinyl wrapped idiot box in the corner of the lounge. As tech changed with things like stereo TV, Atari video games, laser disks, multi changer CD players and big amps and tuners, the furniture in our lounge room started to change also. It made sense to put all of this new and ever-changing wizardry inside one single cabinet rather than several separate dedicated ones -the modern day entertainment unit was born.

Quickly they morphed into big wall units 2 and 3m wide and floor to ceiling and filled with every type of household paraphernalia you can think of. With the advent of open plan living, these types of units are very much out of favour for entertainment use these days and are extremely dated. Corner entertainment units were popular for a long time but also died a natural death as giant fat back TV sets made their steady march to landfill over the last decade or so.

Our new Levi media module concept is kind of a revived deconstructed wall unit idea but minimal and timeless, meaning its far less imposing on the space while being modern, functional and versatile… more about that below…

Fast forward a few decades and its a VERY different story again. The days of multiple media components all performing different tasks are numbered, now it seems one or two WiFi enabled devices can do most things we need or want in order to “entertain” ourselves. Your mobile phone is probably the only thing you need as you can cast to HUGE screens, stream music to anything bluetooth, chat face to face live with someone in London, you can now even have a full blown conversation with your hand held pocket buddy.

So, where does these endless and accelerating leaps in tech leave the humble old entertainment unit? well, the future is looking interesting for the ever changing lounge room staple because these days we’re just not using them in the way we have been over the last 40 odd years. Essentially there’s not much left to put in them as most new media set ups are a server in a hidden cupboard somewhere in the house. If there is a component or two (ie Playstation, Foxtel, sound bar etc) then they don’t need much room or people are keen to hide them. Ready or not, it’s 2018 where the humble “entertainment” unit is mostly just used as a piece of furniture to fill the very vacant wall under the 70″ wall mounted LCD and nothing more.

We, as fully accomplished furniture designers and manufacturers now prefer to use the term “media units” because its a broader, more descriptive and apt term rather than referencing the old styles, functions and materials from yesteryear… This takes me to the point of this post…

Our new Levi range of modular media units puts the design pen in YOUR hands. This is a set range of unit dimensions but the combinations and configurations are seemingly endless when you take into account the array of timbers, paints, flaps, doors, voids, mood lighting etc etc

Levi media modules are the new, affordable and modern way to furnish your TV area, come down to the factory showroom to inspect this and many other options available to you!

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